What have we learned about Medical Marijuana in Years of Research:

By: med_admin Published: October 17, 2014

There will always be a debate among pro medical marijuana professionals and ones that are against the use for patients to use medical marijuana for treatment.

At the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute, a group of researchers surveyed patients that unfortunately attained traumatic brain injuries accrued by various circumstances. They had found that the patients that tested for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, had a higher chance of survival, than those who tested negative.

The American Surgeon, had advocated that THC may help protect the brain of patients that have sustained traumatic brain injuries. The study included 446 patients who participated and underwent urine tests. The researchers discovered that 82 patients that had the active ingredient of marijuana in their system, out of that group, 2.4% had died. Of the patients who did not have marijuana in their system, 11.5% had unfortunately died.

On the other hand, there are those in the medical community that report that there are adverse effects of marijuana on adults and adolescents. Studies have shown that the use of cannabis does not produce overdoses that causes fatalities. Studies have also shown that cannabis intoxicated drivers, doubles their chances of being involved in a car crash. And the acute use of marijuana use during pregnancy, studies have shown it slightly reduces the birth weight of a new born baby.

Some state, that heavy users of cannabis can develop a dependence of the drug. One in Ten of cannabis users may become dependent of marijuana. Some say that adolescents, who are heavy users, have a lower educational attainment and some researchers also state that there is high likely of adolescence who use marijuana will move to more illicit drugs.

All in all, there will always be an argument of the benefits of medical marijuana and between those who are non-believers in the benefits of medical marijuana. We all have our opinions, just make sure to be safe and respectful of those who opinions differs from yours.

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The above story is based on materials provided by Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (LA BioMed). Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.
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Journal Reference:
1. Nguyen BM, Kim D, Bricker S, Bongard F, Neville A, Putnam B, Smith J, Plurad D.Effect of marijuana use on outcomes in traumatic brain injury. The American Surgeon, October 2014

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The above story is based on materials provided by Wiley. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.
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Journal Reference:
1. Wayne Hall. What has research over the past two decades revealed about the adverse health effects of recreational cannabis use? Addiction, 2014; DOI:10.1111/add.12703

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